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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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In the days leading up to California’s primary three years ago, the complaints from unaffiliated independent voters started pouring in. They were promised they could vote in the closely watched Democratic race for the White House, but were handed a ballot without any presidential candidates.

That shouldn’t happen again next year, if a new proposal making its way through the Legislature has its intended effect.

“There seemed to be a misunderstanding,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said of what happened in 2016. “So we know what’s coming.”

Monday, April 1, 2019

By MADELINE WILL

Fighting for Paid Time Off

[Kathy] Hoffman is advocating for 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and plans to prioritize this effort next legislative session. She said she will build a coalition around the issue with administrators, health-care professionals, insurance providers, and hopefully someone from the governor’s office.

Meanwhile, in California, lawmakers are planning to push for paid parental leave for teachers once again. The state already gives many workers up to six weeks of partial pay to care for a new child or sick relative, but public school teachers are ineligible for the benefit.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

By LORENA GONZALEZ

Nothing is more important to our democracy than electoral participation by our citizenry. People have to vote.

Yet there have always been artificial barriers to voting. Often these barriers are intentionally created to keep groups of folks — women, people of color, poor citizens — from having equal access to the ballot. Some obstacles are in place without much thought to the obstacles, but they leave many people disenfranchised, nonetheless.

How do we get more people to vote? By breaking down all of these possible barriers, including the way citizens register to vote.

Monday, January 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO -- (Monday, Jan. 14, 2019) -- California homeowners now enjoy new rights under a new law championed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The intent of the bill, Assembly Bill 1070, is to protect consumers looking to invest in solar power while discouraging unethical practices from the dishonest solar power companies.

"Homeowners will have more confidence when they shop for rooftop solar energy because of this new consumer protection," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalezsaid, "As more Californians look toward residential solar energy systems to cut their monthly bills and do their part in fighting climate change, we should make sure homeowners are protected from being gouged by unscrupulous actors."